constipation

Functional Constipation and Functional Diarrhea

Changes in bowel habit is often associated with dietary factors or acute diseases. Less commonly, underlying chronic disease or the use of chronic medication can impact on the frequency of bowel movements with or without an associated change in the stool consistency and volume. Diarrhea is defined as the passage of more >> Read More ...

Obstructive Constipation (Obstipation)

The normal pattern for bowel movements varies among individuals. For some it is a daily occurrence, and often even several times in the day. For others it is less frequent and possibly not even daily. Normally bowel movements occur at least 3 or more times a week. Ideally it should occur at least once daily but if more >> Read More ...

Slow Bowels and Bowel Movements Meaning, Symptoms and Causes

From the time food passes into the throat, the alimentary tract takes over the process of moving the bolus (ball of food) or its digested remnants through the gut. The walls of the alimentary tract has muscular layers which contract and relax in a synchronized manner to achieve this transit. This process is known as >> Read More ...

Lazy Bowel Syndrome and Treating Sluggish Bowel Movements

Normal bowel movements vary in frequency from person to person – it is accepted that passing stool anywhere from 2 times a day to 3 times a week is the norm. The terms ‘lazy bowel’ or ‘sluggish bowel’ are commonly attributed to constipation. These terms can sometimes be misleading because not >> Read More ...

Overactive Bowel Movements (Hyperactive Bowel) Causes

The term diarrhea which indicates the passing of more than 200g or 200ml of stool usually in more than three bowel movements within a 24 hours does not account for every change in bowel habit. With diarrhea, the stool is either watery or of a loose consistency and often accompanied by other symptoms like urgency to >> Read More ...

Frequent Bowel Movements – What Causes It?

A bowel movement or defecation is the passing of stool through the anus. Normally, it occurs anywhere between one to two times a day to three times or more a week. If it occurs more often or less frequently than the norm, then it is often classified as diarrhea or constipation respectively. However, the definition of >> Read More ...

Bowel Movement Changes in Pregnancy

Pregnancy brings about many changes in a woman’s body and in the functioning of its various systems, including the gastrointestinal system. Changes in bowel movement, such as constipation is fairly common in pregnant women but occasionally diarrhea can occur for no known reason. Pregnant women may have a variation of >> Read More ...

Loose Stool and Hard Stool – Different Types of Feces

What is Feces? Feces or human excrement is the waste material remaining after the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients which is passed out through the anus. It also contains water, some breakdown products of normal metabolic activity, indigestible material and residual nutrients that have not been absorbed. Feces >> Read More ...

Chronic Constipation in Children – Cause, Symptoms, Remedies

Symptoms of Constipation in Children A child is considered constipated when having a bowel movements with difficulty or less than three times a week. Having hard and dry stool, or having a bowel movement every other day and without difficulty is not already considered constipation. Constipation is called chronic when it >> Read More ...

Bowel Movement Problems

Loose Bowel Movements (Diarrhea) Occasional loose bowel movements may be normal, but having over three loose stools per day is a symptom of diarrhea. Check characteristics of normal and excessive bowel movements. Read how to find the cause of loose bowel movements from medical symptoms. Constipation Constipation means >> Read More ...
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